GREEN BAY — The Packers went to the locker room with a 14-7 lead at halftime against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, but Green Bay has lost QB Aaron Rodgers to a calf injury, sustained when he threw a TD pass late in the second quarter. Rodgers was carted to the locker room and was officially announced as questionable to return.
The Packers defense began the second quarter with a strong stop. The Lions had driven to the Green Bay 36-yard line, on the edge of field-goal range, but went no further. Packers S Morgan Burnett broke up a deep pass for TE Eric Ebron on first down, the run defense stopped RB Joique Bell for a 1-yard loss on second down, and LB Julius Peppers and DT Mike Daniels pressured Lions QB Matthew Stafford into an incompletion on third down, forcing a punt.
Taking over on their own 6, the Packers responded with a promising drive but turned the ball over. Two completions apiece to TE Richard Rodgers and WR Jordy Nelson moved the Packers to the Detroit 26, but at the end of an 8-yard run, RB Eddie Lacy had the ball poked out by S James Ihedigbo. Lions DE George Johnson recovered with 10:00 left in the half.
The Lions answered with a strong running game. A 14-yard run by RB Reggie Bush started the drive, and then Bell carried four times for 38 yards to get the ball to the Green Bay 31. On fourth-and-10, the Lions passed on a 49-yard FG try and went for it, but Stafford’s pass wasn’t close to an intended receiver, and the Packers took over on downs.
The offense got moving again, with Lacy carrying three times for 18 yards and QB Aaron Rodgers scrambling for 13 to convert a third-and-8. The rushing yards put the Packers over 100 on the ground for the game, making them just the second team all season to rush for more than 100 yards against the Lions. Rodgers then hit WR Randall Cobb over the middle for a 34-yard catch-and-run, making it first-and-goal on the 9. After a defensive penalty put the ball on the 4, Rodgers hit Cobb for a TD, but just before throwing the ball, Rodgers pulled up lame. He went down to the ground, holding his injured calf, and he was helped off the field to chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P!” from the Lambeau faithful.
The score put the Packers ahead 14-0 with 2:24 left in the half.
On the Lions final drive of the half, a 10-yard pass to Bush converted a third-and-10, and then consecutive completions to Ebron and WR Golden Tate picked up 16 and 19 yards, respectively. A tackle for loss by CB Casey Hayward on a swing pass to RB Theo Riddick made it third-and-13 from the Green Bay 35, and Packers LB Brad Jones was called for roughing the passer for hitting Stafford in the helmet with his hand. That made it first down on the Green Bay 20 instead of fourth down, and on the very next play, Stafford hit WR Calvin Johnson for a TD to make it 14-7 with 24 seconds left in the half.
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